BUDGET PASSED IN ASSEMBLY AND SENATE

A budget has been passed among party lines. Democrats moved forward a $30.6 billion budget, which is above what Gov. Chris Christie had called for during his budget presentation earlier this year. Christie will likely use line item vetoes to take portions of the budget he doesn’t want and then sign the documents before the end of the fiscal year on Thursday. It is possible that Christie may end up sending the budget back to the legislature for a vote. There will be no closing of the casinos if there is a possible governmental halt, based on changes made to the Casino Control Commission that would keep them on the job if the government did shut down.